Elder Abuse can only be prevented if we know what the source or cause of the abuse is. Additionally, we must be able to identify what elder abuse consists of and recognize it when and if we see it. The difficult part regarding prevention of elder abuse is that at times the elderly will not want to report it. Various reasons exist as to why the elderly chooses not to report the abuse they have endured. Some simply do not know who or where to turn to for support. In addition, some fear retaliation from the caregiver if they report the abuse.
An important concept to keep in mind is that at times the caregiver is someone that the elderly individual knows. It can be a touchy subject when it comes to family. It is important to educate everyone that elder abuse will not be tolerated. Regardless of who the caregiver is it is important that they are providing the elderly individuals with their basic needs and being attentive to any healthcare issues they may have.
Organizations and agencies are always available to offer support and guidance. If they need to direct you to a different agency they will be helpful in doing so. It is important that we take good care of the elderly population because they may be unable to take care of themselves. We need to be advocates for their health and their rights. Furthermore, being attentive and keeping a watchful eye of their situation can reduce the chance of them encountering abuse in any form.
For clarification on an Elder Law matter it is crucial to contact a legal professional. Yanez & Associates offers a free initial consultation to discuss you Elder law Matter. Call today for more information on Elder Abuse!